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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rally ‘Cats do it again, take series at No. 18 Ole Miss

BLOG: The Rebels’ swept or be swept streak came to an end with Friday’s 11-5 win against Kentucky.

Today, the Rebels will look to beat the Wildcats (as well as the nearing thunder storms) to claim their third consecutive series.

First pitch between UK (25-17 overall, 8-12 SEC) and Ole Miss (31-13, 11-9) is set for 2:15 p.m.. The game will be televised on FSN.

GAME 1: Rally ‘Cats: UK edges out No. 18 Ole Miss
GAME 2: No. 18 Rebels even series

——— AROUND THE LEAGUE ———

Thursday’s Results
Kentucky 3, Ole Miss 2

Friday’s Results
Ole Miss 11, Kentucky 5
Vanderbilt 3, Mississippi State 1
Arkansas 2, Georgia 0
Florida 7, Tennessee 2
Auburn 3, Missouri 1
LSU 5, South Carolina 2
Alabama 3, Texas A&M 2

Saturday’s Games
Kentucky at Ole Miss, 2:15 p.m. (FSN/SportSouth)
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt, noon (CSS)
Arkansas at Georgia, 11 a.m. (FSN)
Auburn at Missouri, 2 p.m.
Texas A&M at Alabama, 6 p.m.
Tennessee at Florida, 6 p.m.
South Carolina at LSU, 6:30 p.m. (Cox)

Sunday’s Games
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Florida, noon
Texas A&M at Alabama, 1 p.m.
Arkansas at Georgia, 1 p.m. (CSS)
Auburn at Missouri, 1 p.m.
South Carolina at LSU, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

——— STARTING LINEUPS ———

KENTUCKY WILDCATS (25-17 overall, 8-12 SEC)
RF Kyle Barrett (.344 BA/.400 OBP/.406 SLG)
CF Austin Cousino (.264/.389/.448)
1B A.J. Reed (.307/.404/.558)
2B J.T. Riddle (.283/.389/.358)
LF Zac Zellers (.248/.361/.310)
DH Greg Fettes (.324/.415/.529)
3B Max Kuhn (.245/.368/.365)
SS Matt Reida (.223/.337/.281)
C Michael Thomas (.245/.365/.324)
LHP Corey Littrell (.4-3, 3.20 ERA)

No. 18 OLE MISS REBELS (31-13, 11-9)
LF Tanner Mathis (.228/.376/.259)
SS Austin Anderson (.289/.381/.359)
CF Auston Bousfield (294/.386/.394)
C Stuart Turner (.377/.443/.571)
3B Andrew Mistone (.292/.374/.370)
1B Preston Overbey (.289/.331/.394)
2B Christian Helsel (.250/.333/.306)
DH Will Allen (.244/.281/.312)
RF Lance Wilson (.176/.222/.176)
RHP Sam Smith (2-0, 3.49)

——— SCORING SUMMARY ———

OLE MISS 1, Kentucky 0 (Bottom 1): Ole Miss kept its hot bats alive in the bottom of the first. After left fielder Tanner Mathis and shortstop Austin Anderson led off the first with back-to-back singles, catcher Stuart Turner scored Mathis from third on a one-out sacrifice fly to left.

KENTUCKY 1, Ole Miss 1 (Top 2): Kentucky didn’t waste any time retaliating, tying the game on an RBI-single from third baseman Max Kuhn with one out. After a mound visit, starter Sam Smith got out of a two on, one out jam when shortstop Max Reida lined the first pitch he saw from Smith to Anderson. The shortstop then then beat DH Greg Fettes back to second base to complete the double play.

KENTUCKY 2, Ole Miss 1 (TOP 4): First baseman A.J. Reed led off the fourth with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and then scored on a sacrifice fly to right. Right fielder Lance Wilson made the play much closer than it originally looked with a spot on throw, but Reed narrowly beat the throw.

OLE MISS 3, Kentucky 2 (Bottom 5): Anderson raked a two-out, two-run homer over the 365-foot marker in right center to give Ole Miss a 3-2 lead. Mathis recorded a two-out single and then stole second prior to Anderson’s second homer of the season.

KENTUCKY 3, Ole Miss 3 (Top 7): Fettes tied the game with a homer over the left field wall to lead off the seventh. It was his second homer of the season.

KENTUCKY 5, Ole Miss 3 (Top 8): The Rebels got away with three errors Friday. In the seventh, two throwing errors committed by the pitcher came back to bite them. After lefty reliever Matt Denny allowed the first two ‘Cats to reach on a single and a throwing error off of a sacrifice bunt, Tanner Bailey over threw third trying to get the lead runner on another bunt. Reed, who was sliding into third at the time, scored and the other two runners advanced into scoring position. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Kuhn singled to score UK’s fifth run. Bailey got back-to-back strikeouts and then left-hander Jeremy Massie induced a groundout to second to end the frame with the bases loaded.

Kentucky 5, OLE MISS 4 (Bottom 9): Pinch hitter Sikes Orvis hit a deep sacrifice fly to center with one out two in scoring position and one out to pull Ole Miss within a run, but DH Will Allen struck out looking to end the game with a runner on second.

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 5, No. 18 Ole Miss 4.

BY THE NUMBERS: Denny was hit with the first loss of the season after allowing two unearned runs while registering one out. … UK starter Corey Littrell improved to 5-3 after allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk. He also struck out six. … Trevor Gott picked up his 10th save of the season. … Mathis, Anderson, and third baseman Andrew Mistone each had two hits for Ole Miss. Kyle Barrett, Reed and Kuhn had two hits for Kentucky.

The loss marks Ole Miss’ fourth series loss of the season (Florida, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Kentucky). The Rebels are back in action Wednesday with a home game against St. Louis at 6:30 p.m. (April 27, 2013)

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